Computer Geeks 2.5-inch USB 3.0 Drive Kit
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-07-2010
Provided by: Computer Geeks

The kit arrives in two separate boxes with a new de-branded USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA external enclosure and USB 3.0 ExpressCard, along with a refurbished 2.5" SATA hard drive. The enclosure is very similar to the eSATA unit we reviewed earlier this year, aside from the silver color and the USB 3.0 interface. The enclosure includes drive mounting screws and screwdriver, storage case and USB 3.0 A to A cable.

The refurbished hard drive is advertised as a 500Gb Samsung Spinpoint, SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 5400rpm, 8Mb cache. However what we received is a 250Gb Hitachi, SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 5400rpm, 8Mb cache drive. We did notify Geeks of the discrepancy and were informed this was indeed a mistake, but elected to proceed with the review despite the smaller drive capacity. The drive actually appears to be a working pull from a different style enclosure as it has foam pads pre-installed on three sides. The pads cause the drive not to fit the Geeks enclosure and the bottom and end pieces must be removed. I opted to leave the top pads on as they fit okay and do provide some extra cushion to help stabilize the drive caddy inside the enclosure.

Once the drive is mounted to the caddy and reinstalled into the enclosure the side screws can be tightened down. The enclosure comes with a fitted travel case that fits snugly over the aluminum housing and helps protect the finish from scratches.

Now let's get everything setup and ready to test.

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